From Church Reports
“Everything I learned came from Mr. Privette and Jimmie Lee Whitt,” laughed David Stotts, referring to two of his instructors at Wood Junior College.
Stotts, a 1972 graduate of Wood, now serves as the Mississippi Conference treasurer/director of finance and administrative conference benefits officer.
Wood College originally opened in 1886 as Woodland Seminary and began teaching junior college courses in 1927. It was related to the General Board of Global Ministries, United Methodist Church as an independent two-year college in Mathiston until 2003. The campus housed East Webster High School students after their school was destroyed by a tornado.
“Mathiston Methodist Church was my home church during my college years here,” Stotts said as he renewed acquaintances with members. “It still feels like home.”
His presentation to the Razmus Circle in Mathiston the first Monday in July focused on understanding the Mississippi United Methodist Conference Funding Plan and Mission Shares.
“God gives us everything we have and only asks for a ten percent tithe,” Stotts told the group. “So really, all we’re doing is tipping God. Dollars are the gas that goes into the vehicle that does the work; it’s not the money that works, it’s the people.”
Stotts discussed the seven areas of the conference budget and the conference’s mission of love, generosity, justice, and apprenticeship/discipleship.
“You are part of a great, big church that the sun never sets on. It is worldwide and the Son will never leave it,” Stotts explained.
He concluded his talk by thanking the members for their work with Wood College while it was in operation. “My life was changed as much there as it was when I was adopted at the Methodist Children’s Home,” he told the group.
A buffet-style meal was served before the presentation. Razmus Circle meets at the Mathiston Methodist Church at 6 p.m. the first Monday of each month.